Flying Lotus - Los Angeles CD
|There is a general feeling that what's been done can never be recreated, and in era of post-Dilla producers, no one wants the comparison and most people dare not make it. So, what is originally meant to be a compliment that is hard to live up to, becomes an unwilling attempt for and artist to remain original, despite the overwhelming similarities. It's next-gen producers like Flying Lotus, Dr. Who Dat and Dabrye who carry this burden lately, and have to shake off the ''next Dilla'' tags they are often given. Not because they don't want them, but I can see where it would be a problem, because it appears as if Dilla created his own genre since his passing, and that genre could be called Dilla-esque. My only question, is it really such a bad thing? For his Warp debut Flying Lotus takes his unique brand of electronica, which is derived from many other traditionally sampled genres in hip hop such as funk, soul and jazz, to levels barely touched on with last Fall's Reset EP. The DJ and producer gained momentum in the underground LA scene with heavily passed around self made remixes, as his music from debut album 1983 even landed spots on Adult Swim promos. Los Angeles shows an extreme amount of progressive growth from his last album to the next, and is a true sign that this genius in the making has only just begun to show us what he is capable of.|
|2.||Breathe Something / Stellar Star |
|8.||Golden Diva |
|13.||RobertaFlack (feat. Dolly)|
|16.||Testament (feat. Gonjasufi)|
|17.||Auntie's Lock Infinitum (feat. Laura Darlington) |
Flying Lotus - "Los Angeles"
, November 18, 2008
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Much of Steven Ellison's initial but unaccredited exposure was on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. After migrating from Plug Research to Warp Records in 2007, Flying Lotus released a six track EP titled Reset. This debut album on Warp trademarked his futuristic style of using beefy drums and vibrant samples. Los Angeles is an accurate representation of the current popular producer movement toward the use of Dilla-style drums with the ambiguous sounds of synthesizers. If drum machines and keyboards are your thing then Fly Lo is your teacher. My favorite track on the album, "Gng Bng," might blow out your speakers with contorting sounds from Jamaica, India and some heavy drum & bass. The album as a whole is very psychedelic and far more advanced than most popular production. If your satisfied with the beats you hear on the radio then skip this, I think Akon will drop another album in December.